Jun
29
Fri
Accepting Docent Registration @ Trippett Ranch, Topanga State Park Tickets
Jun 29 – Sep 1 all-day

SIGN UP FOR DOCENT TRAINING PROGRAM. Registration open between June 29 – Sept 1.

Weekend training sessions start on September 8.

The Topanga Canyon Docents (TCD) is a non profit organization of volunteers in Topanga State Park. Each fall season our naturalist Docent Training Program is offered to introduce new volunteers to the program. Learn about the flora, fauna, natural history, and Native American cultures of the Santa Monica Mountains. Share the knowledge you’ll gain when you become a volunteer park docent with the TCD  for their public walks, school walks, or by greeting visitors at the Visitor Center at Trippet Ranch.

This training program is taught by highly respected educators and professional naturalists from local colleges, museums, and conservation-based institutions. If you’ve ever hiked the hills and canyons and have longed to share what you see, this training is perfect for you!

The classroom and in-the-field training takes place every other weekend on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Trippet Ranch Visitor Center in Topanga State Park. In addition, five docent-led interpretive walks are on the alternate weekends, on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Topanga Canyon Docents Naturalist Training Starts September 8th!

 

Jul
1
Sun
King Gillette Ranch and Beyond Art Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am – Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm
King Gillette Ranch and Beyond            Art Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center

King Gillette Ranch and Beyond – Art Exhibit & Sale

Amy Rippee’s vibrant landscape paintings invite others to wander the trails and roads of the Santa Monica Mountains, from King Gillette Ranch to the sea.

A portion of the funds from art sales will be donated to continuing arts in the Santa Monica Mountains.

July 1 – 30      9 am – 5 pm daily

Meet the Artist:  Sat, July 7   1 pm – 3 pm  

Jul
19
Thu
Paradise Cove Beach Walk @ Westward Beach Tickets
Jul 19 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Paradise Cove Beach Walk @ Westward Beach | Malibu | California | United States

Moderately paced 7 mile walk on the beach & the bluff to Paradise Cove and back. Meet 7:30 AM at entrance to Westward Beach Rd parking lot in Malibu (from Kanan Dume Rd intersection go west on Pacific Coast Hwy 3/4 mile, turn left on Westward Beach Rd (just before Zuma Beach), go about 1/2 mile and park on side of road or pay to park in lot at end of road). Bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels

Jul
21
Sat
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons Tickets
Jul 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons

Come help the National Park Service remove invasive Carnation Spurge from Zuma Canyon.

We will be hand pulling Carnation Spurge, an invasive weed to the Santa Monica Mountains. Gloves and training will be provided.

Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Sunscreen is recommended. Be sure to bring a water bottle that you can refill.

We will be meeting and working at the Bonsall Dr. parking lot.

RSVP to Alix Sisolak at Alix_sisolak@contractor.nps.gov

Zuma Canyon includes restrooms, picnic area and beautiful hiking trails. Come work in the morning, and end with a picnic lunch!

 

Crayfish Removal Open House @ Medea Creel Tickets
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Crayfish Removal Open House @ Medea Creel | Oak Park | California | United States

Come help us remove crayfish from your creeks and streams! Crayfish are a non-native species to California, and they’re considered invasive because they cause quite a bit of damage to the aquatic ecosystems. They prey on native species, reduce water quality, and cause problems with creek bed erosion. We need your help in trapping and removing the crayfish as well as picking up trash along the stream.

PARKING: You are free to park anywhere within reason. This is near a residential area, so please be respectful of the folks who live there!

Our staff will meet volunteers on the Medea Creek Trail, which starts at the corner of Conifer Street and Parkview Drive.

This event is great fun for volunteers of all ages! Volunteers 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form with a parent or guardian’s signature if the parent or guardian is not attending.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701.

Malibu Creek State Park Restoration @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Malibu Creek State Park Restoration @ Malibu Creek State Park | Calabasas | California | United States

Come join Mountains Restoration Trust for a morning outside as we work to restore the vegetation in Malibu Creek State Park!

We will be planting native trees and grasses, as well as removing weeds and invasive plants from the area. We will be planting natives like Coast Live Oaks, Purple Needlegrass, California Goldenrod and Hummingbird Sage.

You can enter the park through the main Malibu Creek State Park entrance, and park in the lower day use area. There will be signs to guide you in, and MRT staff to meet you there! Bring hat, water, snack, and sturdy shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Great Fun for Kids and Families! Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701 ext. 203

Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike @ Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

It’s the season for migrating male Tarantulas!

Take a sunset stroll as we search for male tarantulas looking for potential mates. Along the hike rangers will share facts about these traveling tarantulas. Who knows, you might learn a thing or two about our local spiders in the Santa Monica Mountains.

There are no reservations required to attend this evening program. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions and bring water and a flashlight just in case. Meet in main parking lot.

All ages are welcome and the parking is free.

Directions:

Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left.

Summer Campfire Program @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Campfire Program @ Malibu Creek State Park

Join a Malibu Creek State Park docent at a special evening presentation at the campground amphitheater. Parking is $3/hour. Note that the astronomy programs start at 8:00 pm (June 23 & August 11).

June 16: “Rockin’ Reptile Safari” with The Reptile Family
June 23: “Mysteries and Wonders of the Night Sky” with Collin O’Mara-Green (8pm)
June 30: “Awesome Animals” with The Nature of WildWorks
July 14: “History, Mystery, Stories and Music of the First People of the Santa Monica Mountains” with Peter Rice
July 21:”Awesome Animals” with The Nature of WildWorks
July 28: “History, Mystery, Stories and Music of the First People of the Santa Monica Mountains” with Peter Rice
August 4: “Rockin’ Reptile Safari” with The Reptile Family
August 11: Mysteries and Wonders of the Night Sky” with Collin O’Mara-Green (8pm)

 

Park After Dark: The Stars of Paramount Ranch @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Park After Dark: The Stars of Paramount Ranch @ Paramount Ranch | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Go behind the scenes with a ranger and explore Paramount Ranch at night!

Ghosts of Paramount's Past Ranger Program

Enter a dark, empty town built for the movies. Stand on a dangerous abandoned racetrack. Gaze into the sky to see the stars that still shine here.

*Bring a flashlight, water, and wear sturdy shoes. Stargazing will be available if the sky is clear.

Jul
22
Sun
Artist Led Hike & Live Nature Drawing @ Peter Strauss Ranch Tickets
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Artist Led Hike & Live Nature Drawing @ Peter Strauss Ranch

Join artist Ida Ihmels at 11 a.m. for a walk along the Peter Strauss Ranch loop trail, a one-mile loop. There will be a discussion around the pieces, “Spring is in the Air,” placed along the 1-mile loop trail, as well as the opportunity to participate in a live nature drawing. Materials will be provided by the artist.